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The 11 Best Ice Skating Rinks In NY, Conn., N.J.

December 27, 2011 6:04 AM

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New York City is home to one of the most famous skating rinks in the country, and quality skating locations can be found throughout the Tri-State area. Young or old, there’s fun to be had at any of these skating rinks in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. By Carly Sitzer & Holly Rosen Fink.

Rockefeller Center Ice Rink

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Fifth Avenue, between 49th and 50th Streets
212-332-7654
rockefellercenter.com
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The skating rink at Rockefeller Center has become synonymous with holidays in New York; although the rink is a destination for tourists, New Yorkers would be missing out if they skipped this rink. With only 150 skaters allowed on the ice at the time, the rink provides an intimate feeling with the whole, big city as a backdrop.

Aviator Sports and Events

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3159 Flatbush Ave.
718-758-7500
aviatorsports.com
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Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn is an essential stop for anyone dreaming to play in the NHL—Aviator boasts the only NHL regulation sheets of ice in New York City. Aviator also offers lessons—in not only ice hockey, but also figure skating—for any age at any level.

Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers

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Chelsea Piers – Pier 61
23rd Street & The Hudson River
212-336-6100
chelseapiers.com
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Chelsea Pier’s Sky Rink offers more than just an indoor skating experience in New York City; it also treats you to views of New York’s boats and waters. In addition to private parties, hockey lessons and figure skating lessons, the Sky Rink also has general skating open to the public.

City Ice Pavilion

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47-32 32nd Place, Long Island City
718-706-6667
cityicepavilion.com
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City Ice Pavilion in Queens is another indoor alternative for ice skating this winter. In addition to open skating and private classes, the pavilion offers organized hockey teams for all ages and skill levels. Not part of a team, but looking to get involved? City Ice also has an open hockey league for adults!

Wollman Rink

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Central Park
Sixth Avenue and 59th Street
212-439-6900
wollmanskatingrink.com
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Wollman Rink in Central Park is more than just an ice skating rink for those looking to skate outdoors or practice their skating skills—in addition to children’s birthday parties, this NYC skating staple has also hosted private events for adults. The Wollman Rink is the ideal way to enjoy New York City’s favorite park—Central Park—this winter.

World Ice Arena

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Flushing Meadows Corona Park
718-271-1996
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Although figure skating or hockey aren’t the first sports one might think of when thinking of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, World Ice Arena in Flushing is aiming to change that. With open skating, hockey teams, figure skating lessons and more—World Ice Arena is “where the world goes to ice skate.”

Hommocks Park Ice Rink37840446 The 11 Best Ice Skating Rinks In NY, Conn., N.J.

140 Hommocks Road
Larchmont, NY 10538
(914) 834-1069
hommocksicerink.org

A favorite in the Southern Westchester region, Hommocks Park Ice Rink offers public skating, a skating school, youth hockey and more. If you don’t want to join in, you can sit in the heated bleachers or hang out at the Slap Shot Cafe. This fall, they are offering “Cosmic Public Skate Nights” every Friday night from 7:15-9:15pm, a night of disco and colored lights. You can either pay per visit, buy a discount card to go multiple times or buy a season’s pass. Discounts are available for residents.

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Ryeland Parkway
Rye, NY 10580
(914) 813-7059
ryeplayland.org

During the summer, Playland is known for amusement parks and boardwalks, but during the winter the park is known for three temperature-controlled indoor rinks. The rink offers special weekday times for Freestyle, Adult Skate and Child Puck Time. They also offer skating classes and extended holiday hours and special events. Weekly programs include a Friday Party Night from 8:45-11pm, Saturday Night Grooves from 8:45-11pm and Sunday Family Skating Day from 1:30-5pm.

Cantiague Park

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Hicksville, West John Street east of Cantiague Rock Road
Hicksville, NY
(516) 571-7056
nassaucountyny.gov

This well-known Long Island ice-skating rink has played host to Olympic gold medalists like Nancy Kerrigan and was the New York Islanders (National Hockey League) practice facility from 1979 to 1992.Skating lessons are available, as is a skate rental. Ice rentals are also available on weekdays until 3 p.m., with fees of $325 per hour for proprietary groups and $295 for nonprofits. The rink also has a snack bar and bleacher seating. A fee is charged at the rink. The rink offers figure skating and ice skating lessons, ice hockey clinics and birthday parties. The rink underwent a extensive renovation over the summer of 2010. Check their web site for prices.

Clary Anderson Arena

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41 Chestnut Street
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 744-6088
claryandersonarena.com

This is a rink widely known for its group class offerings. They offer classes for ages 4 and up, into adulthood. Public skating is offered daily from 12-2pm, again on Thursdays from 4-5:30pm, on Fridays from 8:45-10:45pm, Saturdays from 8:30-10:30pm and on Sundays from 1:45-3:45pm. Extended public skating hours will be offered during school breaks and holidays. General admission is $5.50 and skate rental is $3.50.

Stamford Twin Rinks

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1063 Hope Street
Stamford, CT 06907
(203) 321-1522
stamfordtwinrinks.com

This popular Connecticut rink boasts NHL hockey players among its hockey coaches and Olympic gold medalists head up its skating school. It features two ice rinks, an arcade, a cafe, lessons for ages 3 and up. They offer a wide variety of lessons for ages 3 and up including shinny hockey, figure skating lessons, ice skating lessons and hockey. They are also home to the Springdale Ballet and Dance Academy with a professional, fully equipped dance studio and offers a combination Ballet-Skating Combination.

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